JOINT FEDERAL, STATE, LOCAL PUBLIC NOTICE
The Federal Emergency Management Agency and Florida Division of Emergency Management have received the following application for Federal grant funding. Final notice is hereby given of the Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) consideration to provide funding in the form of Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Funds will be provided in accordance with Section 404 of the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, Public Law 93-288, as amended.
Under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), federal actions must be reviewed and evaluated for feasible alternatives and for social, economic, historic, environmental, legal, and safety considerations. Under Executive Order (EO) 11988 and EO 11990 FEMA is required to consider alternatives to and to provide public notice of any proposed actions in or affecting floodplains or wetlands. EO 12898 also requires FEMA to provide the opportunity for public participation in the planning process and to consider potential impacts to minority or low-income populations.
Funding for the proposed project will be conditional upon compliance with all applicable federal, tribal, state and local laws, regulations, floodplain standards, permit requirements and conditions.
Florida Hospital New Smyrna, 401 Palmetto Street. New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168
FEMA-4283-131, Emergency Power Upgrade for Chiller Support Project
Location of Proposed Work:
This project is located within the chiller room serving the Florida Hospital New Smyrna main building, which is located within Section 41 of Township 17 South and Range 34 East, within the limits of the City of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.
Proposed Work and Purpose:
Florida Hospital New Smyrna is proposing to enhance the electrical infrastructure to support a chiller to guarantee effective HVAC functions during power outages caused by inclement weather and to avoid impacts to the operational capabilities of the hospital. All electrical improvements will be performed in the chiller room and electrical rooms. The path for the electrical piping will be through the walls and ceiling areas. No ground disturbance will take place. Additionally, the hospital proposes to install flood barriers for the back of the chiller room and boiler room, roll-up garage doors and entrance doors to protect the existing chillers from any future flooding conditions.
The alternatives to the project that have been and will be considered are 1) the no action alternative and 2) acquisition and installation of 800 kw capacity generators for additional support and paralleling switch gear for redundancy. These alternatives to the proposed project are not viable because under Alternative 1) the chiller will most likely fail again and the hospital will face a high risk of incurring into similar losses as it had in the past; and Alternative 2) the purchase and installation of high capacity generators implies a higher cost alternative than implementing the proposed electrical power upgrade improvements.
Comments are solicited from the public; local, state or federal agencies; and other interested parties in order to consider and evaluate the impacts of the proposed project. The comments should be made in writing and addressed to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, Florida Division of Emergency Management, 2702 Directors Row, Orlando, FL 32809. These are due within 30 days of the publication of this notice. The State will forward comments to applicable regulatory agencies as needed.
Interested persons may submit comments, obtain more detailed information about the proposed action, or request a copy of the findings by contacting:
Carolyn Boyle, RN, LHRM
Florida Hospital New Smyrna Risk Manager
David Hamstra, P.E., CFM
Pegasus Engineering, LLC
Call407-992-9160, ext. 309
Teresa Sanders, State Environmental Specialist
Florida Division of Emergency Management
Date of Publication: August 3, 2017